Tigers win District 10 AA play-in game over Page

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Hunter Osborne scoring two of his 14 pts.

MCHS head coach Jason Tigert went into the contest versus Page with the intention of letting his players loose and gettting in a track meet with the Patriots and that is just what they did as they ran all night and beat Page easily, 79-64. "I felt if we played a fast tempo game we would be all right, 79 points is pretty good," Tigert stated after the game.

"This feels pretty good, our first District win in four years," said Deshaun Greer who was the recipient of many good looks under the basket off the fast break. Greer scored a career high 29 points in the contest as he carried his team onto the next round against top-seed Giles County, undefeated in district play this year.

The first quarter of action was a feeling out contest for both sides as they played with the intensity that postseason action dictates. The Tigers came out in high gear as they ran the floor at every opportunity and rotated men in and out. Hunter Osborne was hot off the bench all night as he stroked in four three-pointers in the contest, the initial one at a big moment in the first period. The Tigers led 13-12 at the end of the stanza and they were readying an all-out assault.

It was run and gun in the second period for the Tigers as they went full force in an effort to outpace the Patriots and take control of the game. Osborne hit two three-pointers in the quarter, Blaise Spencer nailed another, and Greer poured in nine from the paint as the Tigers opened up a 10 point halftime lead at, 37-27.

After the half, MCHS did not defer from their original game plan and they continued to be the aggressors in the game as their lead grew and Page began to wear out. Greer was just a monster in the third period as took control of the game with great rebounding at both ends and an array of nice moves from under the basket. The Tigers lead grew to 14 points after 24 minutes at, 58-44.

Page came out and scored the first four points of the final period in a last gasp effort to cut the lead to ten, but when Osborne buried his final three-bomb of the game to put MCHS up 61-48, the Patriots never mounted a real serious charge after that.

The Tigers took care of the ball over the final stretches of the game, mostly from the foul line and earned the Thursday night match-up with the Bobcats at 6:00pm in Hohenwald. "We are gonna win no matter what," Greer said and coach Tigert was upbeat as well as he said, "Our guys believe we can go in there and compete."

Greer had 7 rebounds to go with his 29 points, Osborne finished with 14, Spencer had 8 points and 4 rebounds, seniors Otha Mundy and Eric Smith each had 7 points, and Ryan Nicholson dished out a game high 8 assists. In his final game as a Patriot, Johnny McClain scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.